Borderline personality disorder (BPD)

Explains borderline personality disorder (BPD), also known as emotionally unstable personality disorder (EUPD), including possible causes and how you can access treatment and support. Includes tips for helping yourself, and guidance for friends and family.

Your stories

'The borderline'

Imani compares the change in treatment since her diagnosis was changed from bipolar to BPD.

Posted on 14/03/2017

Being diagnosed with BPD

Leah blogs on her journey after being diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder.

Leah Burton
Posted on 13/01/2016

A disordered personality?

Debbie talks about her experience of borderline personality disorder.

Posted on 30/07/2014

Useful contacts

Who else could help?

Borderline Arts
Uses the arts to raise awareness of borderline personality disorder.


The Consortium for Therapeutic Communities

01242 620 077
Provides a directory of therapeutic communities in the UK.



0300 123 6600
Free 24-hour national drugs helpline.


User-led organisation for people who self-harm, and their friends and families.


The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC)

0808 801 0331
Support for adult survivors of any type of childhood abuse, including local support groups.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
Information and clinical guidelines on recommended treatments for different conditions, including BPD.


NHS Choices
Provides information on treatments for BPD which are available through the NHS.


Personality disorder
Website commissioned by the UK department of health.



116 123 (freephone)
PO Box 90 90
Stirling FK8 2SA
24-hour emotional support for anyone struggling to cope.

This information was published in January 2018. We will revise it in 2021.

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